Image Comparing Iraq Death Toll to Police Mortality https://www.facebook.com/heroesbehindthebadge

Chance Carpenter's picture

So, I was scanning through my Facebook posts just now, and someone I know who is a police officer had posted this image with statistics. The image compares the death toll of troops in the Iraq War since 2001 to the death toll of on-duty police officers since the same time period. The numbers are almost identical, but what strikes me about these statistics is how selective they are. Nowhere is there any mention of the collateral damage of foreign citizens, or how lopsided this war on terror has been (sorry if I offend).

77 Palestinians Displaced by Home Demolitions

Giselle Moreau's picture

Check out this article, which covered the destruction of Palestininan homes in the West Bank this past week. The action, by Israel, has been deemed "illegal and unfair" by the United Nations. Curious to see how people are able to connect this to various other things happening here in the States, especially after #ReclaimMLK last weekend. All of these acts of oppression are relevant to one another, and I think it's important to keep questioning and reminding ourselves how and why.

 

Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

The Johnson chapter on spatial entitlement described how neighborhoods have been destroyed and reorganized to support racial hierarchies. Included is the story of the displacement of the Chavez Ravine community in Los Angeles in the early 1950s.  Chavez Ravine was a “self-sufficient” Mexican-American community.  However, over seven thousand families were removed from their houses through the power of eminent domain and the Federal Housing Act of 1949.  Many residents resisted but  were forced out by LAPD.  According to Johnson, houses were set on fire by the fire department.

Eradicating capital punishment

Jackie Fielder's picture

     This article gives a brief summary of contemporary lethal injection procedures around the United States, with particular attention to botched executions in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Ohio. The problem with lethal injections arises in part from Europe's refusing to supply the United States with such lethal drugs and in part from America's supposed invariable acceptance of the death penalty. As accomplished capital punishment abolitionist Bryan Stevenson has held, “we don’t rape rapists, because we think about the person who would have to commit the rape.

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